No Bake Peanut Butter, Chocolate, Pecan Cookies (with egg nog!)

I’m so happy that it’s officially the holiday season because that means I can eat a bunch of sweets and not feel guilty about it. Right? Right. So when I was thinking about a cookie recipe for the Ultimate Cookie & Goodies Virtual Party and Giveaway, my mind started dreaming about chewy cookies and creamy cheesecakes and gooey pies. It was torture: I wanted to eat everything that my mind was dreaming up. So I enlisted the help of my boyfriend to help me dream up a perfect recipe, and he nailed it.

No Bake Cookies with peanut butter, chocolate, pecans and egg nog | therusticwillow.comHe kept raving about these “no bake” cookies that his mom makes and I loved the idea of not having to bake anything, so I was sold immediately. She kindly sent me the recipe, and I tweaked it by adding egg nog and pecans and cutting down the amount of cocoa powder, because they were already bursting with flavor.

And let me tell you, these things are addicting. They’re crunchy, and chocolatey, and peanuty, etc. etc. There’s no way to really describe them, and they’re so easy to make that there’s really no reason not to make them everyday… at least that’s what I keep telling myself.

no_bake_cookies7So what you’re going to do is start off with a medium sauce pan and combine 1 stick of butter, 1/2 cup of egg nog, 2 cups of sugar, and 4 tablespoons cocoa powder. Cook over medium high heat until boiled, making sure to stir as the butter is melting. Once boiled, let the ingredients cook for 1 minute and then remove from heat.

Add 3/4 cup of chopped pecans, 1/2 cup peanut butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 3 cups old-fashioned oatmeal. Stir until well combined.

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No Bake Cookies with peanut butter, chocolate, pecans and egg nog | therusticwillow.comDollop spoonfuls of the mixture onto wax paper (I always put my wax paper on a cookie tray so that it’s mobile in case I need to move it for any reason). Try to avoid tasting the mixture, as ingredients are still hot, although I know it’s super tempting. This was the hardest part for me.


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Let the cookies cool and harden on the wax paper for about 30 minutes or 1 hour. Now you can eat all of your cookies and hide them from your boyfriend… or is that just me?


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No Bake Peanut Butter, Chocolate, Pecan Cookies (with egg nog!)
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No Bake Cookies with Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Pecans and Egg Nog
Recipe type: Dessert
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • ½ cup egg nog
  • 1stick butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups old fashioned oatmeal
  • ¾ cup chopped pecans
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  1. Combine sugar, cocoa, milk and butter in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat until boiling (stirring to combine ingredients)
  2. Let boil for 1 minute and remove from heat
  3. Add in rest of ingredients and stir until well combined
  4. Scoop spoonful sized portions of the mixture onto wax paper
  5. Let dry for 30 mins-1 hour
  6. Dig in!




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    • Catherine Elsby says

      Such a great thing to make with children! So easy and quick so the patience doesn’t run out, I know kids want to eat the desserts right away!

    • Catherine Elsby says

      That’s kind of how the idea went down in my house. I was talking about making no bake cookies and my boyfriend was like “add egg nog!!” Haha, one of our holiday favorites.

    • Catherine Elsby says

      Definitely! You can hardly taste the peanut butter the chocolate is overpowering but I think your kids will love it anyways.

  1. Melissa Smith says

    Oh em gee!!!! These sounded delicious as it was, then you had to add that little (with egg nog!) in there. Can’t wait to make these all for myself! I don’t plan on sharing. At all.

    • Catherine Elsby says

      I’m having a hard time sharing them, every time my boyfriend goes to grab one I give him the “mean mug” stare.


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